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For immediate release -- Friday, September 28, 2001.
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John Perkins Named Utility Consumer Advocate For Iowa

DES MOINES-- Attorney General Tom Miller has named John Perkins, 58, of Des Moines to serve as head of the Office of Consumer Advocate, an office of state government that represents the interests of consumers and the public in matters before the Iowa Utilities Board.

"I am happy that John is returning to public service," Miller said. "He is an exceptional lawyer and a person of extraordinary judgement. This post is crucial in so many ways for Iowa. For instance, the issues of energy cost and supply are strongly tied to our citizens well being and our economic growth."

The Consumer Advocate is head of the Office of Consumer Advocate, a division of the Iowa Department of Justice which is headed by the Attorney General. The office investigates the legality of rates and other matters under the jurisdiction of the Iowa Utilities Board and is located with the Utilities Division of the Department of Commerce.

Perkins most recently was with the Des Moines law firm of Pingel & Templer. He served as a Deputy Attorney General from 1985 to 1993 and as an Assistant Attorney General from 1972 to 1985. He received his law degree from the University of Iowa in1968.

Gary Stewart, who had been the Advocate since 1999, and who had a long career in the office prior to that, returned in July to be a staff attorney in the Office of Consumer Advocate. Deputy Attorney General Tam Ormiston has served as Acting Consumer Advocate during the interim.

The Consumer Advocate position requires approval by the Iowa Senate early next year. If approved, Perkins will fill the remainder of the four-year term ending in 2003.

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